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Durston House was established in 1886 and has been providing an outstanding education in an inclusive, warm and dynamic environment ever since.

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From Pre-School at Durston, pupils emerge as creative, resilient and adventurous learners, ready for the years ahead.

1. Visit Us

At Durston House, we believe the best way to find out more about us is to visit us! Our Open Mornings provide families with the opportunity to meet staff members, current pupils, and ask any questions you may have.

Alternatively, private tours are available throughout the term on request. These are held during the School Day giving visitors the opportunity to see the classes in action, with children going about their daily lessons and activities. To arrange a visit please contact our Registrar, Mrs Caroline Ferns to book: cferns@durstonhouse.org / 020 8991 6532.

Open Days & Visits

2. Registration

For Entry at Pre-School (3 years of age)

Entry to Durston House at Pre-School is non-selective. Children can join the Pre-School in the term after they turn 3 years old, with a September, January or April entry point. There are a maximum of 40 places in the Pre-School. There is no formal assessment of pupils at this age. We recommend you register as early as possible to have the best chance of securing a place.

For Entry at Reception (4 years of age)

Entry to Durston House at Reception is non-selective. There is no formal assessment of pupils at this age. There are a maximum of 48 places in Reception.

How to apply

Complete the PDF Registration Form via the link below, and return to the Registrar, by email info@durstonhouse.org

Registration for a place is conditional on payment of the non-returnable Registration Fee (£150).

Siblings (of those already at the school) are given priority. However, admission is not automatic and there may be occasions where the School judges that a sibling is likely to thrive better in a different academic environment – Admissions Policy

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3. Offers And Acceptance

Once your Registration is complete, you have the option to guarantee your child’s place by paying our Acceptance Fee of £1,800. Subsequently, in Reception, remaining places up to a maximum of 48 are offered, in order of registration in September, a year before your child is due to start. Just before offers are sent out in September, all parents who are registered will be invited to a Taster Afternoon, which you may attend with your child.

4. Starting At Durston

We hold a ‘Welcome to Durston’ afternoon, to which new pupils are invited. This takes place in the Summer Term before entry. This will be an opportunity for your child to meet Teachers and Teaching Assistants. There will also be a meeting during this term where parents can meet the staff and ask any questions they may have.

This is a school where pupils are taught from their earliest experiences, that a generosity of spirit, mutual respect and fairness really matter.  

1. Visit Us

At Durston House, we believe the best way to find out more about us is to visit us! Our Open Mornings provide families with the opportunity to meet staff members, current pupils, and ask any questions you may have.

Alternatively, private tours are available throughout the term on request. These are held during the School Day giving visitors the opportunity to see the classes in action, with children going about their daily lessons and activities. To arrange a visit please contact our Registrar, Mrs Caroline Ferns to book: cferns@durstonhouse.org / 020 8991 6532.

Open Days & Visits

2. Registration

Admission to Year 1-8 depends on availability of places and is based on a written assessment, interview and reference from the pupil’s current school. The purpose of both is to see if a prospective pupil is academically suited to the rigours of life at Durston House.

How to apply

Complete the PDF Registration Form via the link below, and return to the Registrar, by email info@durstonhouse.org

Registration for a place is conditional on payment of the non-returnable Registration Fee (£150).

Siblings (of those already at the school) are given priority. However, admission is not automatic and there may be occasions where the School judges that a sibling is likely to thrive better in a different academic environment – Admissions Policy

Apply

3. Offers and Acceptance

Subject to the outcome of the assessment and satisfactory reference, a place is offered. Prospective pupils with siblings already in the school are given priority. To accept the place, prospective parents complete the Acceptance Form and pay the Acceptance Fee of £1,800. Further information about the offer and acceptance of places can be found in the Admissions Policy.

4. Starting at Durston House

We hold a ‘New Parents and Pupil’ Meeting during the first week of July, offering pupils an opportunity to spend time in the classroom and for the parents to meet with the Assistant Head, Academic, Assistant Head, Pastoral, and the Head of Pre-Prep, to go through information and expectations for their child’s start.